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Drew Struzan Retired
04/09/08, 5:01am EST

"Having been working at not working has produced a guy who could never return to illustration again. It took a lot to attempt the idea of retiring from my 40 years of effort and sacrifice but now that I have, I am delighting in life as never before. I had forgotten how to rest, to smell the proverbial roses and to see the future as opportunity. I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to do all the work I did. I am well pleased to have been able to give a gift of beauty and peace through my artwork to so many throughout the world. Now I have laid down the burden and have peace and happiness as the reward for my day's labor."

- Drew Struzan -
(September 3rd, 2008)

Spanish writer Iker Pérez informed me that artist Drew Struzan has retired from the illustration field. Iker explains that "He [Struzan] wants to have more time for his family and be able to work on his own paintings, plus the current situation with the movie industry doesn't seem to help at all. I feel happy for him if this is what he wishes, but as a fan I also realize that it's terrible news as it means that many upcoming Indy products won't have a Struzan cover unless he worked on it already."
Raiders illustration made by Drew in 1981.
Drew Struzan is one of the film industry's most recognized and celebrated artists. Drew has provided artwork for over 150 film posters as well as many classic album covers, advertising, and book covers.
He is best knows by his poster illustrations for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and can count film makers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg among his biggest fans. In fact, Struzan is the only artist who received authorization by Spielberg to illustrate the iconic character E.T.
His work also includes other franchises such as Back to the Future, Blade Runner, The Goonies, the Muppet movies, Harry Potter, Hellboy, and many others...

Visit Drew Struzan's recently updated official website to immerse yourself in his great online galleries packed some of the most unforgettable and influential images in the movie industry.
The updated site now includes never-before-seen art such as an amazing 1981 Raiders poster, Young Indy concept art, and more new Indy paintings!

Thanks to Iker Pérez for sharing this sad news. And very special thanks to the master of movie posters himself for all his mesmerizing art!

Special trivia: Pay special attention to the opening shot of Frank Darabont's The Mist (2007). That shot features film posters of Stephen King's Dark Tower series and John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). All posters in the room at the beginning of the film were painted by Drew Struzan.

Posted by Gilles V


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